The Korean people are among the friendliest, kindest and hardest working in the world and ensure that my visit to South Korea will be a memorable one – for all the right reasons of course. And really hate it when I shed my tears during my departure hoping to come and visit the country again.
I hate it when I was so late to enjoy the authentic Korean BBQ. Korean food is without a doubt my favorite cuisine in the world. Korean BBQ is the most traditional meal around and it’s always prepared in top-notch quality. I eat it 3-4 times a week. A typical Korean BBQ meal involves grilling fresh cuts of beef or pork at your table. You’ll be served unlimited portions of side dishes, including soups, fresh vegetables and spicy sauces. Every single meal involves kimchi, which is a spicy fermented cabbage dish. Almost all ingredients are locally grown, so the food is about as fresh as it gets. The city’s traditional food markets, Gwangjang and Namdaemun, showcase fresh handpicked vegetables that are used in Korean cuisine. Cabbage, garlic, cucumber, potato, spinach, bean sprouts, chili peppers, zucchini and mushrooms can all be found at the local markets.
I hate their thriving nightlife, making me wanting for more. The nightlife in Seoul feels like a nonstop party, and drinking alcohol is a frequent social event among friends. Many people imbibe local rice liquor called soju, which is normally served in a green glass bottle. It’s similar to sake of Japan, but soju is actually the most popular liquor sold in the world. Whether you like to kick back and enjoy a beer with some friends, or dance at a nightclub, Seoul has something for you. Head to Gangnam, Itaewon and Hongdae to experience the best after-hours entertainment— almost nothing closes until the sun rises.
I hate shopping in Seoul, it made me spend a lot on good stuff. Shopping in Korea is an amazing experience. In a city like Seoul you are able to go shopping at any time of the day and night. Also, the variety of shopping centres, markets, shopping areas and department stores is incredible and caters for every taste, need or pocket. Often shopping in Korea is part of a family day out, as many shopping centres are created near attractions such as amusement parks, aquariums and places of interest for tourists.
I hate their tech economy, their devices are so good. Korea, with both the highest average connection bandwidth to Internet users is home to global conglomerates like Samsung and LG. Korea as an early adopter of leading technologies: high-tech convenience is guaranteed. Most convention facilities are equipped with highly reliable and advanced IT infrastructure to incorporate sophisticated videoconferencing systems, simultaneous interpretation, public address, and video surveillance systems.
I hate it when I experience this overwhelmed feeling when I reached the DMZ area, and it was the coolest experience of my life. A day trip to the DMZ is like nothing else in this world. The DMZ stretches for two kilometers on either side of the border between North and South Korea. It is the most heavily armed border in the world and visits are only possible on a day tour from Seoul. You can visit a military base, observation posts, infiltration tunnels built by the North Koreans and the joint security area smack bang on the border. This is by far the highlight. Tension is high as you actually enter a UN negotiation building straddling the border. When I was there, there were North Korean soldiers staring at us through the windows. It was an amazing experience in a very unsettling way and one of the top travel experiences I have had. Definitely a must-see attraction.